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Macy tied for most wins

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East Carolina coach Heather Macy.

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By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The East Carolina women’s basketball team’s nonconference surge has vaulted coach Heather Macy into a record-tying position.

The red-hot Pirates got their expected outcome Thursday night in Minges Coliseum, beating Maryland-Eastern Shore 64-54 to improve to 7-1 in their last eight games and give Macy 126 wins in eight seasons at ECU. Macy’s win total is tied for the most in program history with Sharon Baldwin-Tener, who recorded 126 victories from 2002-10 before leaving for Georgia State and being replaced by Macy.

“I’m not really paying attention to that, but I just want to go out and win the next one,” said Macy, who coached two seasons at Pfeiffer and three at Francis Marion prior to taking over the Pirates. “We've obviously had a lot of good players here and that’s resulted in the amount of wins that I’ve had.”

East Carolina begins American Athletic Conference play Saturday at home against Cincinnati and then hosts No. 1 Connecticut on Wednesday.

ECU (8-5), which got a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds by Thais Oliveira, gained control against the Hawks (3-9) with a 20-point second quarter for a 29-18 halftime edge. The hosts took their first double-digit lead — 25-15 — on a long jumper by Destiny Campbell with 3:36 until the half.

It grew to a 22-point ECU advantage before the Hawks rallied some in the fourth, but they never got within seven points of the Pirates.

“As crazy it sounds, I was glad to see that the 22-point lead started to decrease because we needed to see how we would respond,” Macy said. “We’ve gone through so much — overtime games and one-possession games and games when we have gapped, but we have not gone through that situation. I was pleased with the response of it and to come away with a double-digit win.”

The loss dropped Maryland-Eastern Shore to 0-7 on the road this season.

Ariyana Williams, who scored 34 points in the Pirates’ last outing, was held to one point with no field goal attempts during the first half. The freshman nailed a 3-pointer on the first possession after halftime, receiving a nice pass from Dominique Claytor, and finished with 13 points.

Campbell scored a game-high 14. She was 6-of-9 on field goals.

UMES was up 11-9 after the first period, but Oliveira’s bucket eight seconds into the second started a 7-0 run that put East Carolina in the lead for good.

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.

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